Former Auto Body Shop Owner Conspired With Trucker in Large Scale Drug Smuggling Op
Boston, MA — The former owner of an auto body shop has admitted to conspiring with a trucker in a large scale drug smuggling operation.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), earlier this week, Jamil Roman, 44, of Chicopee, MA, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.
Roman, the former owner and operator of TWC Auto Body in Holyoke, MA, was indicted in March 2016 along with co-defendant Javier Gonzalez, a truck driver and owner of Holyoke, MA-based JGL Truck Sales, after their initial charge and arrest on March 26, 2014.
Court documents indicate that from January 2014 through March 2014, Roman and Gonzalez conspired to distribute four kilograms of cocaine in Western Massachusetts.
Roman admitted to meeting Gonzalez and conspiring to collect a debt owed for four kilograms of cocaine, which was part of a larger load that Gonzalez obtained from a Mexican supply source, the DOJ said.
On March 25, 2014, law enforcement seized approximately $1.17 million in cash from a hidden compartment inside a tractor-trailer being driven by Gonzalez to Texas as payment for kilograms of heroin and cocaine.
On Oct. 4, 2021, Gonzalez was sentenced to 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
Gonzalez was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.
Roman’s sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2022.
He is facing at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, a fine of $20 million and restitution.